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Moscatel Sherry

Moscatel Sherry: The Gem of Andalusian Vineyards

Amid the sun-soaked vineyards of Andalusia, a rich tapestry of flavours is crafted, distilled in the amber hues of Moscatel sherry. This luxurious wine, often overshadowed by its more renowned cousins like Fino and Oloroso, deserves a spotlight of its own. With a history deeply rooted in Spanish wine heritage, Moscatel sherry represents the sweetness of tradition, the richness of the land, and the artistry of generations.

Origins and Historical Significance

Sherry, as a broad category, has been celebrated for centuries, with its roots possibly dating back to Phoenician settlers around 1100 BC. However, Moscatel, crafted predominantly from the Muscat grape, has its own unique history. This grape variety is believed to be one of the oldest in the world, its intoxicating sweetness savoured by ancient civilisations from Greece to Egypt.

Spain's Jerez region, with its unique combination of white albariza soil, abundant sunshine, and maritime breezes, proved ideal for cultivating Muscat grapes. By the Middle Ages, these grapes were being transformed into the sweet, aromatic Moscatel sherries, their fame quickly spreading throughout Europe.

The Craft of Production

The making of Moscatel sherry is an ode to patience and tradition. The grapes are typically harvested later in the season to ensure maximum ripeness. Once harvested, they're often laid out under the Andalusian sun, a process known as 'asoleo', allowing them to concentrate their sugars and intensify flavours.

The partially sun-dried grapes are then pressed, and the resultant must is fermented. Unlike other sherry types which might be aged through the dynamic solera system, Moscatel is aged oxidatively in barrels, allowing for a slow, enriching interaction with the air. This process imparts deeper colourations and intensifies the wine's inherent sweetness and aroma.

Tasting Notes

To sip Moscatel sherry is to embark on an aromatic journey. The nose is immediately met with intense floral notes, reminiscent of orange blossom, jasmine, and honeysuckle. On the palate, one encounters the lushness of ripe figs, sultanas, and apricots, underlined by hints of citrus zest. The finish, long and velvety, often carries undertones of caramel and toasted nuts.

While intensely sweet, Moscatel sherry isn’t cloying. Its natural acidity ensures a balanced profile, making it both a delightful aperitif and a harmonious companion to desserts. It particularly shines alongside almond-based confections, blue cheeses, and chocolate treats.

A Contemporary Revival

While Moscatel sherry has always had its loyal enthusiasts, there's been a contemporary renaissance in its appreciation. Modern sommeliers and culinary aficionados are recognising its versatility and intricate flavour profile. Innovative chefs are crafting recipes, from glazes to desserts, that harness the richness of Moscatel. Moreover, as the global palate becomes more adventurous, there’s a renewed interest in historic wines and spirits, with Moscatel sherry rightfully reclaiming its prestigious position.

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